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Antigonick

Antigonick

by Sophocles, Anne Carson and Bianco Stone

Hardcover, 180 pages, New Directions, $24.95, published May 28 2012 | purchase
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Disaster follows when Creon, King of Thebes, forbids Antigone to bury her brother whom he has declared a traitor.

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The First Four Notes

The First Four Notes

Beethoven's Fifth And The Human Imagination

by Matthew Guerrieri

Hardcover, 304 pages, Knopf, $26.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Matthew Guerrieri

A music critic presents a revelatory work of music history that analyzes Beethoven's iconic symphony, assessing the composer's influences and legacy while challenging popular beliefs that Beethoven was deaf at the time of the Fifth's composition.

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Why Jazz Happened

Why Jazz Happened

by Marc Myers

Hardcover, 267 pages, University of California Press, $34.95, published December 10 2012 | purchase
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A comprehensive social history looks at the many forces that shaped this most American of art forms and the many influences that gave rise to jazz's post-war styles.

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Will Oldham on Bonnie "Prince" Billy

Will Oldham on Bonnie "Prince" Billy

by Will Oldham and Alan Licht

Paperback, 402 pages, W. W. Norton & Company, $16.95, published September 17 2012 | purchase
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The Americana-punk-indie musician describes his body of work over the past twenty-five years, as well as his travels and artistic influences in a series of conversations with a fellow musician, author, and friend.

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No Regrets

No Regrets

Writings On Scott Walker

by Rob Young

Hardcover, 320 pages, Orion, $29.95, published August 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Rob Young

Scott Walker has travelled from teen idol to the outer limits of music. From 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More' reaching no.1 through to recordings of meat being punched on his last album, The Drift, he somehow seems to have reached a passionate and committed fan base, and his impeccable critical reputation as a serious and uncompromising musician has never been under question. The recent film, 30th Century Man, had a litany of stars queuing up to praise Walker: the likes of David Bowie, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Radiohead, Johnny Marr and Sting. But despite this, in forty years of music, there has yet to be a serious book on Scott Walker. This collection put together by Rob Young of The Wire magazine features a handful of previously published articles and newly commissioned pieces, largely drawn from the orbit of The Wire's writers including Ian Penman, Chris Bohn and Rob Young.

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How Music Works

How Music Works

by David Byrne

Paperback, 352 pages, Pgw, $20, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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David Byrne, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of Talking Heads, presents a celebration of music as he knows it. He draws on his own experiences to explore everything from Balinese performance techniques to the acoustics of CBGB, deal structures and Celia Cruz — and, of course, the band that first made him famous.NPR Bestseller

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The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall

The Revolution Was Televised

The Cops, Crooks, Slingers And Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever

by Alan Sepinwall

Paperback, 306 pages, What's Alan Watching?, 16.99, published November 21 2012 | purchase
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  • The Cops, Crooks, Slingers And Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever
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The Sopranos. Oz. The Wire. Deadwood. The Shield. Lost. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 24. Battlestar Galactica. Friday Night Lights. Mad Men. Breaking Bad. These 12 shows, and the many more they made possible, ushered in a new golden age of television — one that made people take the medium more seriously than ever before. The Revolution Was Televised is the story of these 12 shows, as told by Sepinwall and the people who made them.

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Rod

Rod

The Autobiography

by Rod Stewart

Hardcover, 394 pages, Crown Archetype, $27, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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A personal portrait by the legendary singer recounts his life on and off the stage, from his humble British roots and riotous years on tour, to his three marriages and decades as a solo performer.

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The Carter Family

The Carter Family

Don't Forget This Song

by Frank M. Young and David Lasky

Hardcover, 191 pages, Abrams ComicArts, $24.95, published October 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Frank M. Young and David Lasky

In graphic novel format, tells the story of the Carter Family--the first superstar group of country music--revealing the family's rise to success, their struggles along the way, and their impact on contemporary music.

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Dancers Among Us

Dancers Among Us

A Celebration Of Joy In The Everyday

by Jordan Matter

Paperback, 229 pages, Workman Publishing Company, $17.95, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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  • A Celebration Of Joy In The Everyday
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Dancers Among Us presents photographs of dancers leaping and spinning in the midst of daily life: on the beach; at a construction site; in a library, a restaurant and a park.NPR Bestseller

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World on a String

World on a String

A Musical Memoir

by John Pizzarelli, Joseph Cosgriff and Jonathan Schwartz

Hardcover, 282 pages, John Wiley & Sons Inc, $26.95, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • A Musical Memoir
  • John Pizzarelli, Joseph Cosgriff, et al

Including first-hand stories of famous jazz greats and popular music icons such as Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Goodman and Paul McCartney, a jazz guitarist, singer, raconteur, and the son of a jazz guitar legend shares the day-to-day experiences of a touring musician's life.

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All Access

All Access

The Rock 'n' Roll Photography of Ken Regan

by Ken Regan, Jim Jerome, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and James Taylor

Hardcover, 288 pages, Pgw, $75, published November 8 2011 | purchase
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The Holy or the Broken

The Holy or the Broken

Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"

by Alan Light

Paperback, 254 pages, Pocket Books, $15, published November 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"
  • Alan Light

You know the song — Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." You've probably listened to one of the many covers, sung by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainright and Michael Bolton; odds are high you've caught some of its many appearances in film and television. But, as Alan Light writes, the anthem was not always destined for classic status. When it was first released, it was practically unheard of — but in the nearly 30 years since, it has been covered by dozens of artists, accumulating a history that's as improbable as it is unique.

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A Natural History of the Piano

A Natural History of the Piano

The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians — From Mozart to Modern Jazz, and Everything in Between

by Stuart Isacoff

Paperback, 361 pages, Vintage, $17.95, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians — From Mozart to Modern Jazz, and Everything in Between
  • Stuart Isacoff

The award-winning founder of Piano Today magazine presents a historical tribute that evaluates the roles of forefront composers and pianists while exploring the artistic development of various genres and the influence of the piano on Western musical traditions.

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The Gershwins and Me

The Gershwins and Me

A Personal History in Twelve Songs

by Michael Feinstein

Hardcover, 351 pages, Simon & Schuster, $45, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • A Personal History in Twelve Songs
  • Michael Feinstein

A five-time Grammy nominee presents an illustrated tribute to the lives and legacies of the Gershwins that is presented through the stories of 12 of their most enduring songs, including "Strike Up the Band" and "Love Is Here to Stay," in a volume that is complemented by a CD of original recordings.

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Zona

Zona

A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room

by Geoff Dyer

Paperback, 228 pages, Vintage, $15, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
  • Geoff Dyer

A wide-ranging analysis of Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker describes the author's 30-year fascination with the film and evaluates how it reflects both European cinema and the deepest desires of the human psyche.

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Broadway Tails

Broadway Tails

Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars

by William Berloni, Jim Hanrahan and Bernadette Peters

Paperback, 228 pages, Globe Pequot Pr, $16.95, published June 3 2008 | purchase
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Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin

The Life And The Legend

by Susan Orlean

Paperback, 324 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published October 9 2012 | purchase
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Susan Orlean chronicles the rise of the iconic German shepherd character, sharing the stories of the real World War I dog and canine performer and exploring Rin Tin Tin's relevance in military and popular culture. NPR Bestseller

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